60 Goodbye Quotes for Those You Wish to Bid Farewell

Here are the best goodbye quotes that will hit your heart with words of love, parting, and new beginnings.

Goodbyes—may they be for romantic partners, friends, co-workers, or family—can be brutal. After all, how could you get used to losing or being separated from those dear to you?

As we all know, saying goodbye is an inevitable part of life—one that teaches us to be stronger and more independent. It can be challenging to accept separation.

However, remember that farewells are also new beginnings for you and the other person involved.

We’ve gathered some of the best goodbye quotes to help you see its positive side. Learn from these quotes and move forward in life with a brand-new perspective.

Continue to the complete list below.

And don’t forget to check out these positive quotes and encouraging quotes.

Best Goodbye Quotes

1. “Goodbyes make you think. They make you realize what you’ve had, what you’ve lost, and what you’ve taken for granted.” – Ritu Ghatourey

2. “Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again.” – Anonymous

3. “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” – A.A. Milne

4. “If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.” – Paulo Coehlo

5. “So for now I say goodbye to this chapter of my life and I look forward to what comes next.” – Brooke Davis

6. “As long as we loved until our last goodbye, then our love had been whole and true.” – Anonymous

7. “Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.” – J.M. Barrie

8. “Goodbye may seem like forever. Farewell is like the end, but in my heart is the memory and there you will always be.” – Anonymous

9. “Sadly enough, the most painful goodbyes are the ones that are left unsaid and never explained.” – Jonathan Harnisch

Sad Goodbye Quotes That’ll Move You to Tears

10. “Goodbye is the hardest thing to say to someone who means the world to you, especially when goodbye isn’t what you want.” – Anonymous

11. “The two hardest things to say in life are hello for the first time and goodbye for the last.” – Moira Rogers

12. “Oftentimes, we say goodbye to the person we love without wanting to. Though, that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped loving them or we’ve stopped caring. Sometimes goodbye is a painful way to say, ‘I love you.’” – Anonymous

13. “At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.” – Anonymous

14. “The only time goodbye is painful is when you know you’ll never say hello again.” – Anonymous

15. “It’s sad, but sometimes moving on with the rest of your life, starts with goodbye.” – Carrie Underwood

16. “I hate the feeling when you have to say goodbye to someone you want to spend every minute with.” – Anonymous

17. “Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation.” – Rumi

Heartbreaking Goodbye Quotes You Can Say to Someone You Love

18. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” – Mahatma Gandhi

19. “Even if we can’t be together in the end, I’m glad that you were a part of my life.” – Anonymous

20. “When I say goodbye, promise me you won’t cry, ’cause the day I’ll be saying that would be the day I die.” – Anonymous

21. “We started here together and now we’re leaving the same way. The funny thing is you never appreciate what you had yesterday until it is gone today.” – Anonymous

22. “It takes a minute to say hello and forever to say goodbye.” – Anonymous

Also read: Broken Heart Quotes

Goodbye Quotes for Him

23. “I wanted to see him again—to say goodbye the way that I wanted. Then I realized if I got my way, I’d never say goodbye.” – Anonymous

24. “The pain of a hard goodbye is the heart’s tribute to the privilege to love.” – Beth Moore

25. “You’ve changed me forever. And I’ll never forget you.” – Kiera Cass

26. “I thought I was stronger than a word, but I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.” – Colleen Hoover

27. “You had me at hello, goodbye, and everything in between.” – Shannon L. Alder

Goodbye Quotes for Her

28. “Saying goodbye doesn’t mean anything. It’s the time we spent together that matters—not how we left it.” – Trey Parker

29. “This is not a goodbye, my darling, this is a thank you. Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever.” – Nicholas Sparks

30. “No more words. We know them all—all the words that should not be said. But you have made my world more perfect.” – Terry Pratchett

31. “Remember me and smile, for it’s better to forget than to remember me and cry.” – Dr. Seuss

32. “Saying goodbye is the hardest solution to any problem. But sometimes, it’s the only choice we have.” – Anurag Prakash Ray

Goodbye Quotes for Friends

33. “Good friends never say goodbye. They simply say, ‘See you soon.’” – Anonymous

34. “Don’t be dismayed at goodbyes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again—after moments or lifetimes—is certain for those who are friends.” – Richard Bach

35. “Our friendship is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Talking to you made me smile and meeting you set me free. I can’t believe that fate is taking you away and ripping us apart. I just want to say that I will miss you from the bottom of my heart. Goodbye my friend, see you soon.” – Anonymous

36. “You and I will meet again when we’re least expecting it. One day, in some far-off place, I will recognize your face. I won’t say goodbye, my friend, for you and I, will meet again.” – Tom Petty

37. “No one knows the exact moment when a friendship is formed, but it is this silent forgotten moment that causes the pain when we must say goodbye.” – Anonymous

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Goodbye Quotes for Co-workers

38. “I really don’t want to say goodbye to any of you people.” – Christa McAuliffe

39. “With your resignation, your employment in this company may finish but the sweet memories will always remain.” – Anonymous

40. “Having awesome colleagues is a bad habit because it’ll be impossible to work with someone else now that you’re leaving. Goodbye.” – Anonymous

41. “Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.” – Garrison Keillor

Goodbye Quotes That You Will Relate To

42. “The most painful goodbyes are the ones that are never said and never explained.” – Anonymous

43. “It’s time to say goodbye, but I think goodbyes are sad and I’d much rather say hello. Hello to a new adventure.” – Ernie Harwell

44. “You know it’s love when you have been saying goodbye for how many times but still you’re not ready to leave.” – Anonymous

45. “Goodbyes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say goodbye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.” – Anonymous

46. “A man never knows how to say goodbye; a woman never knows when to say it.” – Helen Rowland

47. “Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.” – Charles M. Schulz

48. “Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” – William Shakespeare

Short Goodbye Quotes

49. “Goodbyes—they often come in waves.” – Jarod Kintz

50. “We started with a simple hello but ended with a complicated goodbye.” – Anonymous

51. “Goodbye always makes my throat hurt.” – Charlie Brown

52. “For every goodbye, God also provides a hello.” – Donna Gable Hatch

53. “I wonder how people say goodbye to someone forever?” – Anonymous

54. “Goodbyes hurt when the story is not finished and the book has been closed.” – Anonymous

55. “Farewell! God knows when we shall meet again.” – William Shakespeare

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56. “Find the ‘good’ in ‘goodbye.’” – Anonymous

57. “It’s not the goodbye that hurts—it’s the flashbacks that follow.” – Anonymous

58. “So long, see you around, but never a final goodbye.” – Fred Flagler

59. “Every goodbye always makes the next hello closer.” – Anonymous

60. “There’s a ‘hell’ in ‘hello,’ ‘good’ in ‘goodbye,’ ‘lie’ in ‘believe,’ ‘over’ in ‘lover,’ ‘end’ in ‘friend,’ and ‘if’ in ‘life.’” – Anonymous

How Hard Is It for You to Move Past a Goodbye?

When we say our goodbyes to someone, it means completely changing our routine or the norm that we’ve gotten used to. It doesn’t matter if they’re just moving to another place, if they’ve passed away, or if your relationship has gone sour. Without them by your side, you may feel that life would never return to the way it was, nor would it have any happiness or color again.

Whether permanent or temporary, goodbyes are always hard—no matter how tough or emotional you are. Saying our farewells stirs up pretty intense and sad emotions within us, and sometimes, it’s just hard to control. But, let’s all remember the famous line that says there can always be good in goodbye because it’s true.

Goodbyes make us look back at good memories and reflect on past experiences. These times will test you, but remember that this is the first step toward moving on and moving forward. As you rise above the challenges that goodbyes bring, you’ll realize that you’ve become stronger, more resilient, and more open.

So, embrace the change that comes with farewells. Take a look back at the good and the bad times and reflect on them. Whenever you feel yourself drowning in sorrow because of a goodbye that just occurred, take out this list and read through the quotes again!

What’s your take on goodbyes and separations? Did this collection stir up some emotions within you? We’d love to hear your thoughts, so comment below!

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

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